Eli Manning Accused Of Being Involved In Illegal Consipracy
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning might be in big trouble after allegedly forging official NFL memorabilia and selling it as the offcial product.
According to FOX News, he is specifically being accused of “creating fake game-worn football gear and passing it of as the real thing.”
The complaint claims one of the forged items, a signed helmet supposedly worn by Manning, is sitting the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Documents say Manning took part in the scheme in order to hold on to his personal gear.
In an email exchange from 2008 between Eric Inselberg, the sports collector who filed the suit, and the team equipment manager Joe Skiba, Inselberg writes, “Hey Joe, my buddy was offered an eli game used helmet and jersey. Are these the bs ones eli asked you to make up because he didnt want to give up the real stuff? [sic]”
Skiba—replying from account “firstname.lastname@example.org”—writes, “BS ones, you are correct…”
The lawsuit includes nine different defendants, which include the New York Giants and Eli Manning.
Giants wrote a statement saying, “The suit is without merit whatsoever and we will defend it vigorously.”
Eli Manning also released a statement defending himself saying, “The Giants told me this suit is completely without merit and I have no reason to believe otherwise. The Giants are going to fight it and so will I.”
According to the lawsuit, the helmet from Manning’s improbable comeback victory in Super Bowl XLII that is currently displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is not the one used in the game.